Monday Memo 9/26/16

Maren, Gus, and Ruby helped our 5-6th grade team dominate the field against Lunenberg last week.

Maren, Gus, and Ruby helped our 5-6th grade team dominate the field against Lunenberg last week.

BURKE FALL FEST: Thank you to the Heinrich-Clarks and the Moores for making us look so good in the parade on Saturday!

FALL FESTIVAL AND YARD SALE: Please drop off your donations this week on the porch of the barn. We cannot accept donations after 3:30 pm on Friday. Sale is Saturday, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm, tell your friends! Also, during Thursday’s home soccer games we would appreciate a few hands for some light work that will make Friday’s set up go much more easily: we’ll be hauling some items up from barn storage, and trying to set up two tents. Please find Rebecca and offer to lend a hand for a few minutes!

We still need help with:
A truck to pick up furniture donations in Peacham, contact Rebecca Hill-Larsen for details
Loans of folding tables, book shelves, crates (with your name on them) for displaying items
Put out our 6 roadsign signs in Lyndonvile today or Tuesday (ask Nelia for details)
Two more crock pots of chili, delivered to Riverside Friday pm or Saturday morning
Chili fixings: shredded cheese chopped onions and saltines, delivered to Riverside Friday pm or Saturday morning
Two 24 packs bottled water, delivered to Riverside this week
Four cases soda / juice cans, delivered to Riverside this week
Ground coffee
Grill/grill master volunteer on Saturday
Put up carport/tent bring items from basement on Thursday afternoon volunteers for shifts: set up Friday (8am-12pm, 12-4pm, 4pm-finish) and clean up Saturday
(2pm-finish)

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM: A few reminders for all families: Unless you already filled out the enrollment forms telling us your specific schedule needs, please let us know in advance if your child needs to be in the After School Program on a particular day. We want to support your family’s sudden schedule needs, and it’s essential for planning effective supervision of the children. Please review the year’s calendar and let us know a week in advance if your child will need to participate in the After School Program on days with early dismissals. The Program will begin upon dismissal on those days, and run until 5:00 pm

Please know that the program ends at 5:00 pm, and it’s an unfair burden for Annie to have to stay later than that to supervise children who have not been picked up. Pick ups after 5:00 pm are charged accordingly.

SOCCER: This week the teams have the following schedule. Thank you to the Crofts/Desrochers for bringing snacks to the 5-6 game Thursday and the McCormacks for bringing snacks to the 7-8 game Thursday.
Monday - 5-6th grade soccer game away at LAYS/LTS: 4:00 pm
Tuesday - 7-8th grade soccer, practice, pick up at or before 5:00
Thursday - soccer at home vs Concord: 4:30 pm (5-6th grade team); at 5:30 pm: 7-8th team
We still need help, let Nelia know if you can assist with the following:
Halftime snacks for today’s away game for the 5-6 team
Referree any home games
Halftime snacks for games on October 6, 13, and 21.

CRAZY 8s MATH CLUB: This week the K-2nd grade participants will be investigating the concept of time in an activity called “Time of Your Life.” They will consider everything from a year to minutes and hours on a clock. Students who are going directly from Karate to Crazy8s should pack a snack for their long afternoon. Kim will facilitate a time to change and eat a snack before beginning the math activity.

SWIMMING: We had a good time swimming with the 4-6th graders on Friday, they gave us [Nelia, parent Maryellen Griffin (5th grader Henry and 8th grader Waverly), parent David Laroque (Kindergartener Sitota and 5th grader Yofta)] a good sense of their abiliites and the goals we have for improving their skills over the next five weeks. Please remember that pick up for those students will happen at the LSC pool at 3:15. If your 4- 6th grade child participates in the After School Program on Fridays, we ask that you coordinate a ride for him/her back to Riverside with another family. We will also be swimming on September 30, October 7, 14, 21, and 28.

OKTOBERFEST: Riverside’s Board of Trustees has organized a tasty and entertaining fundraiser for Riverside. Oktoberfest: An Evening of Beer, Food, and Conversation will be on Friday, October 14 at 6:00 pm in the Barn. We’re excited that Lost Nation, Schilling Beer, Red Barn Brewing, Citizen Cider, Rock Art, Zero Gravity, and more will be sharing their brews with us. We hope you received your invitation by mail and that you will consider inviting friends to come as well. Admission is $40 before October 11 and $50 at the door, contact Krystal.

SCHOOL PICTURES: Whipple studios picture prints went home with students last week. If you would like retakes, please let Krystal know before the end of this week. In order to have retakes, you must return your package of original prints completley to us.

CLOSE BUY SALES: Close Buy catalogues went home (with school pictures) last week. We hope you will enjoy shopping these locally crafted products in advance of the gift-giving season. 30% of the sales will be given to Riverside. Our sale runs until Oct. 14, 2016. You can also shop online at www.closebuycatalog.com (our school Account Number is 14316).

BOX TOPS: Many food products in cardboard boxes have a small logo on the top that says “Box Tops for Education.” These can earn us rewards and supplies. Please collect and bring these to school before October 21. Your efforts greatly help! We are grateful that Parent Nicole Mackay (1st grader Ivan) has volunteered to count and submit the box tops for us twice annually, thank you!

SING IT! Local authors, musicians, and storytellers Meryl Danziger and David Martin will be sharing stories and songs of Pete Seeger at the Cobleigh Library on Tuesday, September 27 at 7:00 pm. Danziger’s biography of Pete Seeger, Sing It!, will be avilalbe for purchase.

CALENDAR

September 26 - 5-6th grade soccer game away at LAYS/LTS: 4:00 pm
September 27 - 7-8th grade soccer, practice, pick up at or before 5:00
September 29 - soccer at home vs Concord: 4:30 pm (5-6th grade team); at 5:30 pm: 7-8th team September 30 - PARENTS Fall Festival Prep All Day; 4-6th grade swimming, pick up at LSC at 3:15; October 1 - Fall Festival and Yard Sale, 9 am - 2 pm
October 4 - 5-8th grade soccer game, away at Good Shepherd: 4:30
October 6 - soccer at home vs Stevens: 4:00 pm (5-6th grade team); at 5:00 pm (7-8th team) October 10 - No School, Columbus Day
October 11 - 5-8th grade soccer game at home vs Good Shepherd: 4:30
October 13 - soccer away at Lunenburg: 4:00 pm (5-6th grade team); at 5:00 pm: 7-8th team October 14 - Oktoberfest Beer Tasting, 6:00 pm
October 17 - 5-6th grade soccer game at home vs LAYS/LTS: 4:00 pm
October 19 - early dismissal at 12:30, Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences

LESSONS

PreK/Heron Chicks
This week is a finish up week. We are continually observing our chrysalis and waiting patiently for our surprise. We have many children who have been traveling on an airplane over the last few weeks and children are very interested in airplanes and travel. We will be doing a KWL (know, want to know & what we want to learn) chart about aviation. We will be turning our dramatic play center into a airport & airplane.
Language Arts: This week we will be introducing our writing center and children & they will be making their own books. We will also continue our Handwriting Without Tears workbooks & focus on letter E. We will be making our Fountas & Pinnell letter E sounds books and we will sing our new favorite alpha- motion song. This is a sounds song with movement.. ;)
Math: we will be counting apples and learning about 5 frames with counting.
Science: observing our chrysalis and talking about how an apple tree grows.
Social/Emotional: focusing on our solution cards/ What does it mean to trade & what does it mean to take turns.
Special Note: We will be joining the school on Wednesdays for Pizza Day! Please sign up for your 1-2 slices of cheese or pepperoni pizza upon arrival. The cost is 1.75 a slice and the school will send you a monthly bill for the pizza
Nap Time Bedding will be going home every Friday. Please return on Mondays for use. This bedding will include their nap blanket & cot sheet. Now that is cold please make sure your child's change of clothes has a long pair of pants. Hats & mittens may also be needed for our morning playground time.
Classroom Needs: We are looking for 1-2 pilot costumes,small suitcases or carry on bags & any other aviation items that you may have. We will be starting our new unit next week.

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Language Arts: Over the past few weeks, the students have learned about, modeled, and rehearsed Read To Self, Read To Someone, Work on Writing, and Word Work. This week, we will attempt to launch a regular Literacy schedule and work these activities into the rotation. It will take some time and practice to get things rolling smoothly. We will begin reading groups as part of this. Students will continue each week to make entries into their weekend journals. Some children find it difficult to remember what they did over the weekend....these children may benefit from a quick conversation about their weekend either over breakfast or on the way to school.
Kindergarten Math: chapter test, 1:1 comparing sets of numbers to the written form, greater than and less than
1st Grade Math: These students will review the unit test that they took on Friday, and will then begin a new chapter on “Addition Strategies”. After an introduction, the first strategies we’ll look at are “adding in any order” and the “count on” strategy.
Science: Last week, the children were introduced to a new unit on Weather. We worked on the K and W of a KWL chart (What I Think I Know About Weather; What I Want To Know About Weather, and What I Have Learned About Weather). We also began a read aloud, Pink Snow and Other Weird Weather, by Jennifer Dussling. This week, the class will begin research on “What is Weather?”. Spanish: Happy Fall! We will be learning about words related to otoño.

Music: Zin Zin Zin a Violin! We will be learning about all the different instruments this week and what they sound like. Also with the advent of apple picking season we will stay seasonal by learning a song and a game about falling apples.
Art: We are painting a variety of thick black lines and drawing thin black lines with oil pastels and filling in-between with watercolors.
Special Note: Book orders will come home today! Please expect Math homework in Boomerangs this week. Students will receive a packet for the week. Take the week to complete them if students like, or do it all in one night. Please just have them returned by Friday. Thank you!

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Language Arts: SMUG...Please look for new lists and a homework sheet for spelling words in their boomerangs tonight. Second grade students will be focusing on sentences that command and show strong feelings. Third grade will work on writing sentences to “say more”, compound sentences and run on sentences. During our writing workshop time, students will use a picture to grow a writing idea and writing about short snippets of time. We added “spicy cheez-its” last week and will continue to try to use more descriptive words in their writing efforts. We will continue to read in our small reading groups during our reading workshop and to continue stretch our reading muscles for endurance. Sarah will continue to work with fluency paragraph reading skills 1-to-1.
2nd Grade Math: Students will work on creating an October Calendar of events for display at your homes. Please be looking for them by the end of the week. We continue to work with comparing numbers this week, using pictures of base ten blocks to show our thinking, using comparison symbols. We’ll practice identifying numbers that are 10 greater and 10 less. There will be a chapter assessment on Thursday and we will conclude our week practicing addition and subtraction within 20.
3rd Grade Math: Estimating Differences, Using multiple properties and strategies to add 3 or more addends
Science/Social Studies: As we are nearing our Nation’s election in November, we will be studying about the process of elections. We’ll hear different children’s books on becoming president, learning about The Pledge of Allegiance, learning about the job of the president, some highlights of presidents past, and more...
Spanish: Happy Fall! We will be learning about words related to otoño.
2nd Grade Music: Zin Zin Zin a Violin! We will be learning about all the different instruments this week and what they sound like. Also with the advent of apple picking season we will stay seasonal by learning a song and a game about falling apples.
3rd Grade Music: Recorders were brought home last week and need to be brought to class on Thursday for our second lesson. We will continue to work on covering all the holes when we play a note to get the best sound possible, as well as, learn how to read the basic rhythms in our book.
Art: We did a rubbing of the bottom of our shoes to use as a design for an abstract painting.
Special Note: Children are still coming to class without adequate footwear for the various activities in our week. Please help your children to make good choices every day. We don’t need winter boots yet!

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Language Arts: We will continue establishing our Writer’s Workshop routines this week! Students have produced great work already, so this week we will talk about how students can brainstorm their own ideas for writing, how to organize themselves before they begin drafting, what they should do when they think “I’m done!” and we will introduce the idea of conferencing about their work. In reading, we will finish introducing the Great 8 strategies by discussing monitoring, questioning, and evaluation texts that we read.
Math: This week we will finish up Chapter 1! Remaining units include adding and subtracting with whole numbers, as well as using our math skills to solve problems. We are aiming to have our chapter 1 test on either Thursday or Friday, depending on how long it takes us to finish out the remaining units of the chapter.
Social Studies: In social studies this week students will become experts in one early American colony and create a pamphlet/brochure encouraging colonists to come and visit their colonies! With this project, students will practice organization, researching, information writing, writing for an audience, and creativity. Next week we will present our brochures to our peers.
Genius Hour: This week we will create mini-proposals for our projects to share with our peers. We will discuss how to give effective feedback, then practice both sharing our thoughts and giving/receiving feedback by doing a “pinwheel” where students share their proposals to many of their peers one-on- one. Depending on the time left over, students will continue to explore their topics with Chromebooks. Outdoor Learning: Last week we survived the mosquitoes as we explored making cordage with natural materials, edible/medicinal plants, creatures living under logs, and building habitats for local animals. We hope that the colder weather will keep our buggy friends away this week as we continue to explore exciting outdoor learning!
Spanish: We will be working with numbers 1-50 this week.
Music: We will lay the groundwork for our style of the month series with a learning about genre and the difference between a song and a piece of music. We will finish with a tiny 10 second composition of a piece of music and a song.
Art: We finished our self-portrait triptychs.
PE: We will weave our skills from all the weeks so far, into some scrimmages. We will also strategically stop and talk about and practice game situations.
Special Note: Book orders should be arriving this week!

5th Grade
Science: Students will be doing more research on our class pet’s needs and preferences as they finalize their designs for her home.
Math: As we hone our designs for a rabbit cage in our science time, we will be honing the multiplying by 2 digit numbers, relating multiplication and division, and deepening our understanding of how to evaluate numerical expressions.
Readers’ Workshop: Our book clubs got a solid start! There are four groups, two of which are reading books connected to the Westward Expansion: Little Britches, and Home on the Prairie. Another group is reading Sign of the Beaver, a story of settlers interactions with Native Americans, and our final group is enjoying the gripping tale of a group of runaways on the Underground Railroad, Running Out of Night.
This week we will be learning what characters can tell us about the most significant themes of a book. Writer’s Workshop: This past week we tuned up our skills with organizing paragraphs and creating richly descriptive sentences. This week we will use that learning to take a piece through the revision and editing process.
Social Studies: This week students will be choosing an American trail to research. The first part of this project will involve building a model of the commonly used mode of transportation of the historical period. They also will be choosing the story of an individual connected with that trail to research for Biography Day.
Outdoor Learning: We had a wonderful week this past week with three different workshops: Edible Wild Plants, Cordage and Nature Walk, and Bug/Amphibian Habitat.
Spanish: We are learning words for classroom objects and relative location (underneath, next to, etc) this week.
Music: We will lay the groundwork for our style of the month series with a learning about genre and the difference between a song and a piece of music. We will finish with a tiny 10 second composition of a piece of music and a song.
Art: We folded an origami box and lid today. We will add painted paper mosaic designs on top.
PE: We will weave our skills from all the weeks so far, into some scrimmages. We will also strategically stop and talk about and practice game situations.
Special Note:

Grade 6
English: We’ll continue to read, discuss, and write about Wednesday Wars. The first spelling list of the year will be issued on Wednesday for a quiz on 10/5.
Math: We continue to build our skills operating with fractions and mixed numbers, in Chapter 2 of the book. There will be an expectation for each student to self-select an exemplar of their math work from the week to showcase at home by Friday, accompanied by a description of what they learned and why this is a good example of that learning. Please ask to see it over the weekend.
Ancient History: We will write some of our answers to Biography Fair research this week.
Physical Science: They will delve into matter and explore the states of matter this week through hands on activities.
Spanish: We are beginning a new chapter with vocabulary words that describe people. We will be putting these with the verb ser (to be) to write complete sentences.
Latin: We will continue with Latin roots and influence today.
Music: We will lay the groundwork for our style of the month series with a learning about genre and the difference between a song and a piece of music. We will finish with a tiny 10 second composition of a piece of music and a song.
Art: We continue designing our Dutch buildings, working on the inside views behind windows and doors.
PE: They will continue to develop soccer skills

Grade 7
English: We’ll continue to read, discuss, and write about Chains. The first vocab list of the year will be issued Wednesday for a quiz on 10/5.
Math: We continue to build our deepening understanding of rates and ratios. We are referencing Chapter 5 in the book. There will be more homework this week. There will be an expectation for each student to self-select an exemplar of their math work from the week to showcase at home by Friday, accompanied by a description of what they learned and why this is a good example of that learning. Please ask to see it over the weekend.
American History: We’ll press on with Biography Fair research. Drafts of the first section of the paper are due on Tuesday!
Biology: They will wrap up the evolution unit and take a short test on it. Then they will begin their next unit--cells.
Spanish: We will review aspects of Spanish verbs.
Latin: We will finalize our integration of the first declension and first conjugation.
Music: We will lay the groundwork for our style of the month series with a learning about genre and the difference between a song and a piece of music. We will finish with a tiny 10 second composition of a piece of music and a song.
Art: We continue to explore the use of value by using dinosaur bones incorporated in an abstract drawing.
PE: They will continue to develop soccer skills

Grade 8
English: We’ll finish reading The Secret Life of Bees this week. Students will continue to take turns as discussion leaders, practicing preparing thoughtful questions about each night’s reading. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Tuesday.
Algebra: We continue to build our deepening understanding of how to manage a self-paced approach. We will start on Monday to develop a personal pacing plan for the entire week. Most students will finish up Chapter 1 this week. Some are starting Chapter 2 in the book now. There will be 30 minutes of homework each night. There will be an expectation for each student to self-select an exemplar of their math work from the week to showcase at home by Friday, accompanied by a description of what they learned and why this is a good example of that learning. Please ask to see it over the weekend. Please ask to view their plan for the week too!
Algebra II: Piecewise Functions, Graphing Calculator Regression
World Issues: Bio Fair maps were due today, Crests next Monday. Students should be continuing with reading and research nightly. Meanwhile in class we are discussing the mission and efforts of the United Nations.
Earth Science: They will begin their next unit on plate tectonics this week. They will perform a lab Wednesday exploring the causes of plate movement.
Spanish: We are taking apart increasingly harder passages and answering questions about them.
Latin: We will review aspects of Roman civilization and start our work on the next chapters in the book. Music: We will lay the groundwork for our style of the month series with a learning about genre and the difference between a song and a piece of music. We will finish with a tiny 10 second composition of a piece of music and a song.
Art: We finished our paper autobiographical quilts.
PE: They will continue to develop soccer skills.